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Pair of earplugs

Pair of earplugs

  • Place of origin:

    Burma (made)

  • Date:

    3rd quarter 19th century (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Green jasper. Cut, shaped and polished.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 15 []

Physical description

Each is the same light green, hollowed out ear ornament.

Place of Origin

Burma (made)


3rd quarter 19th century (made)

Materials and Techniques

Green jasper. Cut, shaped and polished.

Object history note

Received 1855

Descriptive line

A pair of Burmese green jasper nga-daung (earplugs), Konbaung Dynasty (1872-1885), ca. third quarter 19th century.

Labels and date

Ear Plugs
Konbaung period
Ear plugs or ear tubes were worn as an adornment by all levels
of Burmese society. Royalty and the nobility would have used
ones made of precious materials such as these.
Gold and diamonds
Green jade
Burma (probably Amarapura or Ava (now Inwa))
Acquired by the East India Company Museum in 1855
Museum nos. 03156&a (IS), 03172 (IS) [14/06/2011]




Cutting; Shaping; Polishing


India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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